Section 1: Safe Use of Seed Treatment Products, and Safe Handling and Transport of Treated Seeds

Summary: Instructions and requirements for the safe use of seed treatment products are detailed on the treatment product label, and, for safe handling and transport of treated seed, on seed tags for the packaged, treated seed. To ensure safety, proper training is required for individuals applying seed treatments and also is recommended for individuals handling and transporting treated seed. Taking steps to ensure the safe handling and transport of treated seeds is a key element of product stewardship to maintain the integrity of the treated seed.

  1. General components of safe handling and use of seed treatments and treated seed.
    1. Follow product label instructions for applying seed treatments and instructions found on the treated seed tag.
    2. Minimize exposure to seed treatments, treated seed, and dust from treated seed.
    3. For your own safety and to protect the environment, the following precautions should be observed:
      1. Signal Word (e.g., “Caution”);
      2. Seed treatment product use and disposal restrictions
      3. Treated seed plant-back intervals and grazing restrictions;
      4. Specific seed planting, storage, and disposal restrictions and recommendations; and
      5. In the event of specific product questions or emergency, call the manufacturer’s number as provided.
  2. Treating Seed
    1. Read, understand and follow product label instructions and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
    2. Use available engineering and system controls to minimize exposure to the seed treatment product and to ensure accuracy of application.
    3. Maintain and calibrate application equipment.
    4. Use specified Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    5. Ensure workers are adequately trained with training documentation.
  3. Transporting Treated Seed
    1. Follow the safety precautions indicated on the seed tag. Avoid mechanical damage to treated seed and packaging.
    2. Transport seed in a way that no seeds are spilled during transit.
    3. Protect seed from heat and moisture.
    4. Be aware of storage requirements and limitations.
    5. Take precautions to avoid spillage when handling.
      1. In case of spills, collect the treated seed immediately.
      2. Properly dispose of spillage to prevent exposure to humans, animals, or the environment.
  4. Handing Treated Seed
    1. Thoroughly read and follow seed tag instructions. Ensure that all seed tag requirements are met.
    2. Use specified PPE. Avoid exposure to dust when opening and/or emptying treated seed packaging.
    3. Ensure handlers are adequately trained with training documentation.
    4. Properly dispose of any spillage to prevent exposure to humans, animals, or the environment.
  5. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
    1. When selecting PPE, always read and follow product label and/or seed tag instructions. This may include long pants, long sleeved shirt/coveralls, chemical resistant gloves, shoes and socks, etc.
    2. Additional PPE may be required for operation of equipment related to Safe Handling and Transport of Treated Seeds. Reference required or suggested PPE as indicated by the equipment manufacturer.
    3. Additional PPE may includesuch as foot, ear, respirator and head protection.